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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 17, 2008 10:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Davy Graham 22.11.40 - 15.12.08

Thank you for acknowledging the passing of one of the great innovators of the acoustic guitar. I don't think Davy ever truly got the recognition he deserved in the wider world - how many people think Paul Simon in connection with Anji rather than Davy Graham?

A friend of mine was looking for a guitar teacher a few years back and found an ad in a local London newspaper, placed by one Davy Graham. Couldn't be THE Davy Graham, he thought, but went to see the guy anyway. Boy was he thrilled to discover that it was actually the man himself - and boy was I just a little bit jealous!

I only got to meet Davy Graham myself once and it was a pretty sad and uncomfortable occasion. He was pretty obviously strung out and paranoid on whatever it was he was taking at the time and talking to the man was pretty much out of the question. Still, the music lives on, and that's what I'll remember.


Personal note: How have you been, Alan? Don't see you around here very often these days and I know I'm not alone in appreciating your posts. Hope all is well with you.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Dec 17, 2008 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Davy Graham 22.11.40 - 15.12.08

Hi Rob. Thank you (and Miss Divine) for replying. I thought you would appreciate his musical magnitude. My musical education began with Davy Graham, along with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn et al, and I have happy memories of being completely spellbound by his playing.
The story of your friend having lessons with him reminded me of tales I'd heard about him being a seriously scary teacher because the breadth and depth of his musical knowledge was just boundless. One story was that if his pupil tested his patience, he'd just put a record on and go down the pub.
I'm sorry you caught him on a bad day. Here's a little clip of him on a good day... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cFB6xj1xHnM

But I wondered how much his music was valued in the States. I know he influenced people like Steven Stills and Paul Simon and I wondered if he and Jerry ever met. I can imagine them as kindred souls.

(P.N. Thank you for your kind words. It's nice to get affirmation from someone whose writing I always enjoy and admire. Things are mostly well with me these days...mainly because I've now got a steady job which I'm actually enjoying although it means I'm not able to tune into the forum as much as before...always a price to pay.
Anyway, I read of your recent woes...and I trust the current economic climate is not dampening your irrepressible spirit one bit)

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Poster: The Big Zipper Date: Dec 17, 2008 10:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Davy Graham 22.11.40 - 15.12.08

any histories with Big Star ?

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